Events

  1. HSC Examinations

    17 October - 8 November
  2. Seniors Investiture Ceremony

    21 October @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT
  3. Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews

    21 October @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
  4. Kindergarten Information Evening

    23 October @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEDT

News

  • Term 4 canteen menu now available

    The new Canteen menu for Term 4 is now available. Check out the Canteen page for the new menu: 2019 Term 4 Canteen Information
  • Join us for our OPEN DAY!

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School warmly invites all prospective Kindergarten to year 12 Families to their Open Day on Friday November 1st. Tour the campus, meet with the principal, teaching staff and students. Come and get a glimpse of our award-winning education and innovative learning environment in action. ***As our Open Day occurs on the same […]
  • Dr Adam Lloyd to lead STEM at SMGS

    We are delighted to announce that Dr Adam Lloyd will be returning to SMGS in 2020 as Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Dr Lloyd was previously Head of Mathematics in 2018 and we welcome Adam and his family back to Jindabyne and to SMGS. Dr Lloyd will work at the coalface in […]
  • Thank you Snowy Monaro Region for your support!

    Yesterday, the NSW Government announced the successful My Community Projects. Unfortunately, the Multi-Purpose Sports Courts for the Jindabyne Community did not receive enough points in the public vote to receive funding. Of the 20 or so project applications for the Monaro, only two were successful, for a total of just over $200,000 in funding. The […]

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Year 3 and 4 begin their Lego Mindstorms adventure!

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Year 3 and 4 are starting a LEGO Mindstorms adventure in Science and Technology. They are excited at the thought of programming their own creations this Term.

New Term, New Initiatives! – Introducing ‘Read Aloud Wednesday’

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Let's Explore, Pastoral Care, Uncategorised|

'Read Aloud Wednesday' was launched today in our Junior School. What is Read Aloud Wednesday? Older students and parents are invited to read aloud to our younger students, modelling reading strategies and talking about the [...]

School Readiness Series – Article 5 – Language Development

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore, Uncategorised|

As a continuation of our discussion on school readiness, so far we have discussed the building blocks of school readiness and why they are important. We have looked at how to determine if your child is lacking in [...]